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I think most everyone is back to school by now, but there a few people who wait until after Labour Day, and this year we're in that group. With a vacation right at the end of August, it just made sense to wait until after the last long weekend of summer to really hit the books. So tomorrow is the big day, and we're going to do our best to settle into a good rhythm and routine as quickly as possible.
For our homeschool, having a routine rather than a schedule has always worked better. We've tried keeping a schedule, with specified time slots for certain subjects or activities, but it created more stress than it relieved. So instead of carving out detailed time slots for each subject, we plug the few things into the agenda that do have a specific time, and then loosely plan the rest of the days around those.
This year I have only one student, and she can work independently, but it doesn't look like my routines will change very much from last year. We'll still have gym class on Tuesday afternoon and choir on Tuesday evening, and she will still be taking guitar lessons. Those are the three weekly appointments that we need to work around. Since Kennady doesn't need me to actively teach any of her subjects, she really can decide for herself how she'll manage her time with schoolwork. Of course there will be due dates for assignments, and we will work together to find a reasonable pace.
I will be expecting her to work on Algebra and History every day. For the most part the other subjects she has can be more flexible. We plan to start our schoolday at 9am each day. That gives me some time to have my coffee and time to myself before school starts. One change we're making this year is having both desks in my room cleared so that we can both have a workspace here. I'm not sure yet how often we'll be making use of that, but it's an option that I've often wished I'd used in the past! I think it will be a benefit to both of us - I'll be available to answer any questions right away, and I'll be able to keep the grading up to date. Sharing the computer will be easier too, I think.
How do you schedule your school days and weeks? Are you making any changes this year? Leave a comment and let me know! Then please link your posts about homeschooling high school here - I'd love to see what you are working on! Also, please visit your neighbors and leave some encouraging comments!
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Visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog later this week to see how other Crew members organize their time in the Schedules, Routines and Extra-Curricular Activities Round-up, which will be live on Saturday, September 10th.
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